Lead Healthcare Attorney

The New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty is hiring an attorney to lead and supervise our Healthcare Team’s advocacy to improve access to healthcare for children and families.

The Center is a nationally recognized non-profit law firm that engages in systemic advocacy and impact litigation to advance the health, economic and educational wellbeing of New Mexico’s families. We provide advocacy through the courts, the legislature and administrative agencies, and through community education and media. To learn more about the Center, please visit our website at www.nmpovertylaw.org.

We are looking for a dynamic and creative attorney to supervise and manage the Center’s Healthcare team and provide policy advocacy, legal representation, media work, community education and coalition-building. The Healthcare team is advancing innovative solutions to make healthcare affordable for all New Mexicans, improve Medicaid, and expand access to healthcare in low-income, immigrant and Native American communities, in collaboration with a broad network of community leaders and advocates. This is a full time permanent position.

Required: minimum five years as an attorney; strong commitment to improving the healthcare system; excellent research, writing, and legal advocacy skills; ‘no-stone-unturned’ thoroughness and persistence; strong leadership skills and ability to problem-solve creatively; ability to develop expertise in complex laws and regulations; Spanish fluency; commitment to economic and racial justice. Preferred: experience in policy advocacy, lobbying, legislative and government processes; experience with community lawyering and coalition building.

Apply in confidence by emailing a resume and cover letter to contact@nmpovertylaw.org. We are an equal opportunity employer. People of color, people with disabilities, and people who have grown up in low-income communities are especially encouraged to apply.

Paid Summer Internship

Spend your summer fighting for social justice!

The Seth D. Montgomery Fellowship is a paid 10-week, full-time position at the Center for an outstanding first or second year law student. The Fellow will receive a $5,000 stipend and will work closely with our attorneys in one or more of our areas of work, doing legal research, drafting pleadings and advocacy materials, and performing issue analysis, investigation and outreach to affected communities. The Fellow will learn about the Center’s unique model for advancing justice through creative lawyering and advocacy, and develop skills to become an effective advocate for social change.

Application Deadline: March 1, 2019

To apply, please email a cover letter, resume, short writing sample, and law school transcript to Sovereign Hager contact@nmpovertylaw.org. Enter in the Subject Heading: “Seth Montgomery Fellowship”. If you have a particular interest in one of our areas of work, let us know about it in your cover letter.

Fall, Spring, and Summer Externships

The New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty allows selected law students the opportunity to earn credits while working under the supervision of a licensed attorney as part of an Externship Program. Students will have the opportunity to work in the areas of healthcare, workers’ rights, immigrants’ rights, public benefits, hunger and nutritional support, and public education. For questions regarding externships, please contact Staff Attorney Abuko Estrada at abuko@nmpovertylaw.org or Preston Sanchez at preston@nmpovertylaw.org.